Dr Tin Myo Win, chairman of peace commission, urged all participants of a public peace forum yesterday to help build trust among all stakeholders.
At the peace forum held in Yangon, he said that all participants are capable of restoring peace as belief is based on sympathy, loving-kindness and honesty.
Representatives of the government, ethnic armed groups, civil society organizations, political parties and international experts attended the forum held at the Inya Lake Hotel.
Expectations for peace, the peace process, and participation of women in the process, inclusiveness of ethnic armed groups and benefits of peace were discussed at the forum.
He also pointed out that as they were discussing, internally displaced persons including the elderly were fleeing their homes for their lives. Then, he asked if any stakeholder had sympathy for internally displaced persons or family members of Myanmar and if any stakeholder could subdue up their individual feeling in the interest of the country.
Lt-Gen Khin Zaw Oo (Retd) pointed out the importance of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement at the forum, saying that the truce was not the policy of the government but the outcome of negotiations between both sides. He also expressed his belief that peace would be achieved soon.
Daw May Sabai Phyu of the Gender Equality Network, U Khun Okkar of PaO National Liberation League and Dr Arthur DeFehr of DeFehr Foundation discussed their opinions. In the evening session, peace experts, veteran peace-makers and scholars from the international community took part in the discussions.
Ye Kaoung Nyunt